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    Default 1941 Africa -the sunderlands

    Hi, I dont know if anyone can help. I was recommended this site through a friend.
    In my sitting room we have a portrait picture of a man of served as part as something in africa in the year 1941. On the back of this painting is a collage of photos and a newspaper cutting with a few writing's on them.
    the newspaper indicates the Sunderlands being joined by the Hudson's and providing materials etc.
    the only names we have is fred and the man in the painting is E.T Wiggins with a number 1259985.
    Dont know if anyone can shed some light?
    thank you

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    It could be RAF Bathurst in Gambia or one of the other bases in the area such as Jui (Sierra Leone) or Port-Étienne (Mauritania).

    Do you have any more information regarding dates etc?

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    Pete
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    Hello,
    As far as I'm aware there were 4 RAF squadrons in West Africa these being 95,204,270 and 490,with only two fitting your date of 1941 . These were no 95 and 204 both Sunderland Squadrons and I'm fairly sure were never equiped with Hudsons. Do you have any more information ,such as who is the chap named Fred?
    In passing your E T Wiggins is not listed in the CWGC website so it appears he survived the war.
    There was a Free French squadron operating in West Africa which was given a RAF no. 343

    Mike

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    Hello,

    The units involved were No.95 Sqn (Sunderlands), and No.200 Sqn (Hudsons). The first Sunderlands of No.95 Sqn arrived at Freetown (with a detachment at Bathurst, later on), on the 5th and 18th March, 1941. Their first op, a convoy escort patrol, was flown on the 24th March. They were reinforced by the addition of six Hudsons of No.200 Sqn in June, 1941, which were stationed at the ex-Lufthansa airfield at Jeswang, some seven miles west of Bathurst.

    See:
    The Short Sunderland.
    Bowyer,Chaz.
    Bourne End:Aston Publications,1989.
    p.92.

    Col.

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